ACLU announces lawsuit filing against Ohio’s abortion bill


The ACLU announced it will be filing a lawsuit against Ohio’s so-called heartbeat abortion ban. 

The ACLU will argue that the heartbeat bill violates the Constitution and goes against Roe v. Wade.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill on Thursday afternoon.

Similar bills have been ruled unconstitutional. 

Freda Levenson, Legal Director at the ACLU of Ohio released a statement: 

“This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked. SB 23 is one of the most aggressive, oppressive, and radical attacks against women ever seen in this state and this country. A nearly identical bill in Kentucky was just struck down by a federal judge – we feel confident our impending litigation will ultimately prevail.”

Elizabeth Watson of ACLU added:

“This ban adds to Ohio’s devastating track record of passing legislation designed to push abortion care out of reach. Anti-abortion politicians in states like Ohio, and other states trying to end abortion care, have no business interfering in people’s lives and health care. We will not stop fighting until everyone in Ohio can make their own personal decisions based on what is best for them.”

The named plaintiffs include Preterm-Cleveland, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton. 

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